There’s nothing quite so soothing as a hot cup of tea. Whether you’re an English breakfast type of person, a green tea lover or a chamomile devotee, there’s a tea to suit every taste and occasion. In fact, tea is so popular in Australia that recent research suggests that 50% of all Australians drink at least one cup of tea per week, while those aged over 65 drink around 11 cups of tea per week!
However, did you know that your daily cup of tea could be good for your brain health?
A study conducted by researchers at the National University of Singapore in conjunction with the University of Essex and the University of Cambridge has found that drinking tea can keep your brain healthy as you get older.
After analysing brain MRI’s and cognitive tests of 36 healthy people aged over 60, it was discovered that people who had drank green tea, oolong tea or black tea more than four times a week for the past 25 years had clearer and more efficient brain connections.
“Our study offers the first evidence of the positive contribution of tea drinking to brain structure and suggests a protective effect on age-related decline in brain organization,” wrote the researchers in the medical journal Aging.
“The observations in this study partially support the hypothesis that tea drinking has positive effects on brain organization and gives rise to greater efficiency in functional and structural connectivities.”